The Minister for Women, recipe Children and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Rosy Sofia Akbar met today with the Executive Director for UN Women, cialis Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the UN Headquarters in New York.
The talks between the Minister and Dr Mlambo-Ngcuka focused on worldwide efforts to combat the widespread problem of Gender-Based Violence (GBV). Minister Akbar thanked the UN Women for the work carried out in Fiji to help eliminate violence against women. She said that much work remained to be done in collaboration between the Government, Non-Government Organisations and development partners on combating violence against women. Minister Akbar highlighted Fijis Zero Tolerance Violence Free Communities Campaign as a best practice example of working collaboratively with communities and Non-Government Organisations. The Minister also thanked UN Women for the work they are carrying out in Fiji on the Markets for Change Initiative and the Solar Grandmothers project. Executive Director Mlambo-Ngcuka assured Minister Akbar that the UN Women was deeply committed to continuing its work in Fiji and the surrounding Pacific Islands.
Executive Director Mlambo-Ngcuka also said that international experience indicated that the Gender Based Violence problem would need to be tackled through education of children at school, so that Gender-Based Violence becomes inculcated as a culturally unacceptable practice. She also referred to international action that needs to be taken by governments in order to set examples of high-level action to be taken against Gender-Based Violence recalcitrance.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Minister Akbar presented the Executive Director with a cheque for FJD$10,000 as the Fijian Governments annual voluntary contribution to the operation of UN Women.